When a boy, Robert Smart listened to the radio serial
of The Gay Dolphin Adventure. Each week he would hurry
home to listen to the next episode on Children's Hour.
All went well for more than a month then the inevitable happened. He missed the broadcast. It was the final episode. The Mortons and Jon and Penny were left stranded . . .
Determined to find out how the story resolved itself, Robert hunted out the Lone Pine books and there discovered not only the satisfactory resolution of the adventure in Rye, but he also discovered Shropshire.
He wrote to Malcolm Saville, and that started a lifetime's affection
for the books and for the Lone Pine country.|
He and his wife moved to Shropshire and lived for many years by the Long Mynd
exploring every inch of the hills around. By the late 1950s they had photographed
most of the locations described in the books and, wanting to share them, sent copies to
Malcolm Saville. The result was the small eight page booklet
entitled Lone Pine Country which was sent out to members of the
Lone Pine Club in about 1960.
He contributed regularly to the Society's magazine with articles on walks in other parts of England associated with Malcolm Saville. He also provided some on more conjectural themes, eg 'The Hunt for the Real Mr Morton'.
Another of his books, one I haven't seen, but one maybe 'more in my line' is the temptingly titled Short Pub Walks: Shropshire.
Robert died in January 2011.